District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2014-09-16

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) began field training with a Conservation Officer Candidate (COC). CO Kittelson and the COC monitored ATV use, angling, bear and small game hunting. Opening weekend of grouse was very slow. This could be due in part to earlier heavy rains and flooding as well as the still thick foliage. Calls for service responded to include a complaint of wolves in the area of a horse ranch; signs of wolves were visible but no depredation had taken place. The individual was informed of possible solutions and steps to take in the future should the wolves take any of his horses. Enforcement action for the week included no license in possession to take small game, allowing illegal operation of an ATV by a juvenile, a person under the age of 18 riding an ATV w/o a helmet and operating an ATV on a state highway.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes, checking public access sites, and monitoring area forest roads. The grouse opener was the worst he has seen in recent years; no birds and the fewest number of hunters he has seen.

CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports working the opening weekend of grouse hunting. Very few hunters were observed and fewer grouse were seen. There are lots of leaves on the trees, making it hard to get a shot before the bird disappears. Fishing remains slow with only a few Muskie anglers observed throughout the week.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) attended firearms training and worked small game and archery deer seasons. The officer also investigated a report of a turkey being taken out of season (and not in a hunting zone) and a wolf being taken by a small game hunter in defense of the hunter?s dog. Deer hunters are chancing being caught, with baits already in place. Those involved should be reconsidering their plans.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) attended annual firearms requalification and followed up on early season goose hunter trespass issues. A nuisance timber wolf call was investigated and CO Frericks spoke at an ATV Safety Class in Chisholm. Some grouse hunters were checked but no birds were seen in the bag yet. Most grouse hunters encountered replied that they didn?t expect to see many birds with the amount of foliage on the trees but were excited simply to be out grouse hunting.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) received calls about a bear cub ?hanging out? along a roadway ditch. People are stopping to feed the bear then call concerned it?s going to get hit by a car. The mother has been seen in the area but the enticement of food is too desirable to the cub. Time was spent checking grouse hunters with few birds seen; when birds were seen they were still in coveys with many young birds.

International Falls # 2 - vacant.

Ray - vacant.

Tower - vacant.